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Darfur: Omar Al-Bashir Sheltered Osama Bin Laden

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- 3632 days ago -
The first period of Mr Bashir's government was characterised by harsh measures against his political opponents. Newspapers and other independent media were suppressed and political parties banned. He also sheltered extremists such as Osama Bin Laden.


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Tom M (814)
Friday March 6, 2009, 6:47 pm
In a tape released in April 2006, Osama bin Laden rails against the agreement that ended Sudan's civil war with its Christian and animist south and accuses the U.S. of plotting to dispatch "Crusader troops" to occupy Darfur "and steal its oil wealth under the pretext of peacekeeping." Osama calls on good Muslims to go to Sudan and stockpile land mines and rocket-propelled grenades in preparation for "a long-term war" against U.N. peacekeepers and other infidels.

Now all the Arab leaders, including Hamas, are against the ICC indictment of Sudan President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes and have come to his defense. They say it's out of concern for the starving displaced people in Darfur, who's plight was caused by al-Bashir in the first place. Some are now calling the ICC a western plot to undermine the sovereignty of the Arab countries. These are the same people who recently were calling for the ICC to investigate Israel for war crimes in Gaza.

By supporting al-Bashirs criminal regime, the Arab leaders are sending the hypocritical message that it's OK for Arabs to commit war crimes, but not anyone else. African Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu calls their support for al-Bashir "shameful". The Arab countries are not alone in their hypocrisy. Along with China, Russia and India, the United States is not a signatory to the ICC for the simple and obvious reason that it does not wish to suffer the indignity of seeing its own leaders prosecuted for a multitude of crimes. The ICC can become an effective deterrent for genocide and other crimes against humanity only if all countries, including the United States, become signatories to it.

Kit B (276)
Friday March 6, 2009, 8:06 pm
By pursuing a war in the southern region that is not Muslim, this can not be seen as any thing but a religiously motivated war. When 2.5 million people are displaced into another country, literally "running for their lives" and at least 400,000 have been killed, what possible reasons could justify this action? In theocratic countries government, politics and religion are so closely intertwined that one can hardly separate one from another. The UN troops are doing their best to just "keep the peace" and try to protect those who still attempt to live in the southern Sudan, far too many have run to Chad, there they live in over crowded conditions, without sufficient water or food.

Deborah J (3)
Saturday March 7, 2009, 6:49 am
thand aist the people ese two men are as criminal as the Bush administration. the genocide against Darfur and 9-11 and the illeegal war against the dear people of Iraq! They should both be sougght by the International Courts and put behind baars ffor the rest of their evil little lives. That's all. Throw them and their friends in Bush and his corrupt Thank you. peace oyut.

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 7, 2009, 12:29 pm
Hope they nab this guy now, and put him where he won't ever harm another person.
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